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most and that is the next step, change medicare from a guaranteed program into a voucher. >> that's right. you remember paul ryan. >> we're also going to repeal obama care and replace it with real reform. >> yeah, that didn't quite pan out as he'd hoped but those ryan reforms are still on the agenda, including a potential hike in the medicare retirement age. back to his post as budget chairman, ryan will unveil the republican's budget next week and the headlines really do tell the story. paul ryan floats change to medicare plan. gop centrists balk at ryan medicare shift. republican goal to balance budget could mean deep cuts to health programs. new york republican peter king tells "the washington post," quote, i know a number of people who have real concerns about where this is going. one of the last presidents to balance the budget was herbert hoover. oh, yes, happy days are here again. nbc's kristin welker joins us live from the white house. kristin, one imagines that each day the president wakes up believing that the white house -- sorry, that house republicans will see sense a
. >> what a sight you are. >> it is nice to be in a room full of conservatives for a change. >> we will not be demonized and we will not be silent. >> we have to get the momentum back. >> it is time to unite. >> governors saying it's the stupid party. what a horrible statement to make. >> the liberal media can keep hating on me. >> media bias played an overwhelming role in defining the candidates. >> the odds aren't looking so great right now for republicans that you're on a suicide mission. >> you're going to hear this afternoon from marco rubio, the r.g. iii of american politics. >> we don't need a new idea. there is an idea. the idea is called america. >> our country is a total mess. >> they call me crazy? they call us crazy? they say we're crazy? i mean. >> i've made over $8 billion. >> i utterly reject pessimism. ♪ ain't nothing but a party >>> good afternoon, we begin with the republican retreat where the gop is facing its severely complicated future. it's known as the conservative political action conference, or as we like to call it, cpac. the conundrum at hand, how to fi
is right here watching and listening. >> i think it's one of the fastest changing trends we've seen on a social matter in decades. >> marriage is between one man and one woman. >> it's not just what you say. it's how we say it. >> i don't believe we need to act like, you know, old testament -- >> what does that mean? >> i think you know it when you see it. >> remember, when you tell a gay person that their love is too unnatural for society to recognize, smile. >>> ahmed contentious debate and a major shift in public opinion, we're on day two of oral arguments at the supreme court over the fate of same-sex marriage. after hearing a challenge on tuesday to california's ban on same-sex marriage, today the justices moved to the question of the defense of marriage act, known as doma. at issue before the court, based on a 1996 law creating a federal definition of marriage, can the federal government deny benefits to same-sex couples in states where their marriages are legal? under doma same-sex couples from denied more than 1,100 federal benefits that would be granted to straight couples.
passengers every day and they're rightly protesting this bone-headed change as is the federal law enforcement officers association. and how long until the nra get in and says, hey, air travelers being unarmed is a threat to their civil liberties. most of the policy change makes sense. now you can bring on board souvenir baseball bats, pool cues, golf clubs, but still no box cutters, no razor blades, no knives that don't fold and no water from outside because stuff. some said the change to allow small pocket knives comes because they're not dangerous. oh. others said small knives are hard for the tsa to detect. so allowing them lowers the tsa's failure rate. oh, that, boys and girls, is what you call moving the goalposts. the tsa's job is to make us safer. this does not do that. and frankly it contributes to my sense that they're doing this sort of kabuki theater or security theater. the faa is also not keeping us safer with the absurd continuation of the ban on using electronic devices during takeoff and landing. why can i read a book, a printed book, but not an ereader? because it emits elec
a major first-term initiative but was maneuvered into it in '93. when he tried to change the military so gays could serve openly, he was forced to retreat to don't ask, don't tell, a bad compromise but a step forward. after losing that battle clinton was gun shy about pushing america. clinton's adviser agay rights paints a white house deeply and passionately engaged on policy, forced to sign it or reveal himself a supporter of gay marriage at a time when most americans found that idea repelling. many advisers in the white house were afraid if clinton vetoed doma he would lose to dole in '96. clinton signed doma into law with no joy. it is recalled, there are no pictures of this occasion, no pens that were saved. of course, doma had a more negative impact on gay families than anticipated. by playing defense he kept us from getting worse on gay rights and preserved his place in the white house so we could have other accomplishments like a hate crime statute that included gays in an executive order. if american history has been a slow march toward expanding history, that march has not alway
not? >> we're not going to refight the past. law is law. we know that that's not going to change. especially with respect to these issues. >> the past is the past. the law is the law. except when it comes to the affordable care act because much of mr. ryan's pie in the sky proposal is based squarely, get this, on the repeal of obama care. >> we don't like this law. this is why we're proposing to repeal this law in our budget. more importantly, we believe that this law is going to collapse under its own weight. this, to us, is something we're not going to give up on because we're not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the american people. >> oh, dear. it seems mr. ryan may have misspoke or did he? after all, the ryan budget would slash about 70% of its spending cuts from health programs including defunding the affordable care act while also taking advantage of the savings that it created. senate majority leader harry reid has a word for that. >> congressman ryan has held out to be this person who understands things so well. what he understands is gimmickry.
that could drastically change how the government handles the controversial issue of same-sex marriage. >> a water shed moment at the united states supreme court. history being made as we speak. >> there are no second-class marriages in america. >> or if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> marriage is between one man and one woman. >> marriage is between one man and one woman. >> more than 30 states either by statute or constitutional amendment have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. >> i believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. >> marriage, itself, is a relationship between a man and a woman. >> it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >>> it's a landmark day at the supreme court, as justices heard the first of two cases that determine the definition and meaning of marriage and the extension of equal rights for same-sex couples. advocates and opponents of same
changed. the ground is shifting underneath the politicians right now. they don't see it, but the ground is shifting and as i say, it's going to have to take a concerted effort for many of these elected officials to lose office before they realize the public wants something very serious out of this. >> as i just said, julian. we put the phone number for congress and we invite members of the public, please do call your congressional members. just today weave seen a slew of gun-related headlines. three dead at quantico marine base. a 13 month old baby shot in the head in her stroller. a drunk teenage boy shot dead after entering the wrong home by mistake and yet what's happening? the people who say more gun, fewer laws, they are the ones today who appear to be winning this argument. the thing is that you have to understand -- i hope people can appreciate this and this is the disenchantment piece, the nra for the times they want to out to members is a small group of folks with a lot of power in terms of legislative strategy and they stick to this message and they make the shady deals that p
. >> they don't get to change the definition. >> i mean, forg god's sake, it' got homogenized right on the carton. >> a crazy guy got a gun and killed people. >> >> the systthe system is orco protect the cowards. >> i haven't forgotten those kids. shame on us if we've forgotten them. >>> we begin with president obama down south touching down to tout economic recovery and spread a little miami nice in the sunshine state. promoting infrastructure spending, this afternoon the president toured a tunnel project at port miami. he cited it as a key example of a project that fixes problems, boosts the economy, and creates jobs. >> breaking ground on more projects like this tunnel that i just saw means more good construction jobs that can't be outsourced. they have to be done right here in america and they end up giving people good pay and good opportunities to raise their families. >> of course, visiting miami, a city with a large latino population, provides a backdrop for the immigration issue now heating up ahead of an expected reform bill in congress next month. senator marco rubio greet
that would be worth these cuts to social programs? so what's changed in their thinking? first, let's keep a couple things in mind. the whole idea of a grand bargain is really republican deficit hawks can see, one democrats were forced into accepting after the gop wave election of 2010 but are finding a bit tougher to swallow now. shouldn't we really be focusing on jobs for now? infrastructure and investment for the future? second, even the more budget balancing inclined the democratic caucus is starting to look at the numbers and say, hey, actually the deficit is coming down at a pretty good clip. deficit peaked in 2009 and has, in fact, been falling rapidly since then. despite what republicans would have you believe, democrats don't love racing taxes just for the sake of raising taxes. we do so in the service of creating a fairer tax code, funding investments for the future and in the service of a balanced approach to deficit reduction. if you take out the deficit reduction concerns and lord knows that any sort of inve investment spending right now is not going to pass muster with the ho
't have the guts to stand up and make a change. >> it's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed. >> this is part of the lively debate that we talked about. >>> friendship photo ops. >> i have to say we arranged for that, because it made me feel at home. i wouldn't feel comfortable if i didn't have at least one heckler. >>> there are critical conversations going on today about this country's foreign policy, the direction of its economy, and the security of it is citizens. the president is in israel, where he delivered a major speech calling again for a two-state solution in the middle east. in congress, house republicans successfully parsed paul ryan's third budget blueprint, likely to never become law. >>> but we begin with a moment of deep frustration this week. after an assault weapons ban was dropped from senate legislation, while two top gun reform advocates continue to push for reform. in new york earlier today, vice president joe biden and new york city mayor michael bloomberg held a press conference with families of the sandy hook elementa
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, as david pointed out, not just in colorado but elsewhere, change in public opinion here. public opinion has clearly shifted on the side of sensible gun regulations along the lines we've been talking about, feinstein's proposal and others. what david is pointing out, what you are seeing is similar to the anti-tobacco debate and apartheid debate where congress and washington were the lagging indicators of public opinion so you saw a lot of action happening in the states. colorado is not just the only place, a number of there states are thinking object taking action. it's a much, much better indicator of how quickly public opinion is shifting on something. i think you will see movement in the states and eventually you will see movement at the federal level as well. >> i hope that's the case. david, one-third of homes in colorado have a gun. including of course, the governor's. but the shootings in aurora profoundly effected him. especially after attending so many funerals. i have to ask you, is that what it takes to get changes to the legislation passed? i mean, should we send every member of
that shats will not play shenanigans and change your right to vote in terms of redistricting, in terms of voter i.d. which all those areas including shelby in 2008 redistricted to make sure the one black elected official they had was not re-elected. so we have these shenanigans happening all the time and protecting them is an entitlement? so you're giving us the right to vote as if we are the takers in this game of makers and takers, which that whole language is completely racist and this idea that white people work hard and then they give their money to lazy black people. >> of course. jimmy, you have a very interesting new piece coming out on our website. you say and i'm quoting your piece, justice scalia's comments from the bench of racial entitlement were code to white americans. now, i'm not asking you that you become a traitor to your own race, jimmy, but would you mind unlocking this code for toure and myself and perhaps for the benefit of our audience? >> let's be clear, if the argument from wednesday were in 1963, i wouldn't be at all shocked or surprised. this is 2013. when i
? >> absolutely. there's no question that the election of pope francis is a vote for continuity. not for change. but it's also a vote for a very aggressive papacy on questions of the poor. here we now have a pope who has lived in the third world. who understands how globalization has been tough on the people of argentina. someone who will speak out for the poor. so he's going to have a very strong voice on the poor. thirdly, you know, i think this is going to be a very interesting papacy. he's taken the name of francis. the name of a simple friar. i think his kind of simple life that he lived in argentina, if he does that in the papacy, this is going to -- this is going to shake up some people in the papacy who really like to wear silk and he wants to bring a much simpler lifestyle to the papacy. this could be big change. >> right. father bartunik, father reese just mentioned the fact that the new pope is from a ignatius -- does that make this man committed to education and mission in ways that will become of real focus in terms of his ministry now as pope? >> definitely the sense of mission. i
in "politico" wrote a nice piece about this today. they're suggesting structural changes that will make it much harder for insurgent candidates like the rand pauls or the rick santorums to challenge for the nomination by shortening the process by condensing, by aggregating primaries so that you have to cover a lot more territory. by eliminating caucuses and conventions as a means of nominating candidates by a state. all of those things would give establishment candidates a much better chance to win the nomination and may give the republican party a better chance to win a national election. but they're courting a rebellion among their own troops and you saw some of that at cpac on the weekend. >> we've been watching it, sir, throughout the week. the president has been battling republicans over a way forward for the nation's economy. has the president, do you think, lost any leverage following the sequester? which some commentators are suggesting has not been anywhere near as bad as the president, himself, warned it would be? >> well, i think that the steps that he took in 2009 and 2010 and beyon
news" about what it's like to come out but to change your dad's mind on same-sex marriage in the process. people of the westboro baptist church, can't hide from the growing influence of the gay rights movement. directly across the street from their mission stands a gay rights center that's impossible to miss. in other words, the issue of gay rights is now literally at the doorstep of the people most opposed to it. joining us now, chad griffin, president of the human rights campaign, and jonathan capehart, opinion writer for the "washington post" and msnbc contributor. welcome to you both. >> hi, karen. >> thank you, karen. >> jonathan, i want to start with you. you wrote about this today and you said that the, quote, quasi triumphant coverage -- i do love how you turn a grease phrase --s week's court cases is making you feel uncomfortable. explain why? >> there's a reason to be feeling jubilant about the highest court in the land taking two cases that speak to the fundamental essence of who i am, of what a lot of people are in this country, lesbian and gay people who want
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, actually overwhelmingly voted for the president. it's the tone -- they're tone deaf to the actual changing demographics of america. let's back up here. short of comprehensive immigration reform, the gop is going to have a latino vote problem the following day. short of a pathway to citizenship. why? sure, you can provide individuals basically to be legal residents but then you have a whole class of american latinos walking around where people are going to question, are you an american? based on your, you know, based on the color of your skin? short of pathway to citizenship, you're going to have a latino vote problem. >> martin, i have quickly want to say, if you want to understand how difficult this issue is for republicans, look not at rand paul but marco rubio, himself, hispanic. when he was running in 2010, in order to win among republican base, he thhad to be against th dream act. he came down against the dream act. >> i have to ask you then, joy, is rand paul's conversation about immigration so incoherent because it's not immigration that he cares about, it's him being elected presid
. >> there are some powerful voices on the other side that are interested in running out the clock or changing the subject or drowning out the majority of the american people to prevent any of these reforms from happening at all. so i want everybody who's listening to make yourself heard right now. if you think that checking someone's criminal record before he can check out a gun show is common sense, you've got to make yourself heard. >> the president urged americans to keep the pressure on by contacting their members of congress. his address coincided with 140 events in 29 states across the country as part of the day of action. new york mayor michael bloomberg's group released new ads featuring newtown families. >> she just wanted to teach little kids. and that was her goal and she died doing it. wonderful. >> that was the last i ever saw jesse alive. >> i want to prevent any other family from having to go through what we're going through. >> all this comes as new court documents reveal the chilling details of the carnage that claimed those young lives. for the first time, we know that 154 b
/israel public affairs committee that our deep commitment to israel has not changed ahead of the president's upcoming visit later this month. the process of selecting a new pope is one step closer with more than 140 cardinals meeting at the vatican. and we'll bring you much more of mitt and ann romney's sensational first interview since their electoral thumping, but we begin with the united states of ought tarausterity. with no signs of a fix, $85 billion in automatic cuts began slicing through defense and domestic programs on friday. the navy has announced four air wings are set to be grounded and eight ship deployments have been canceled, including one already under way. the washington county that includes seattle has stopped issuing vouchers for housing assistance putting some 600 families at risk of homelessness, and there's grave concern that hundreds of thousands of low-income women and their children could lose assistance that provides essential food supplies and baby formula. indeed, despite designing cuts to be so onerous that neither party would accept them, this age of austerity
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